16 Early Rave Reviews That Will Get You Pumped For The New Woody Allen Movie

Do you know the last time a woman won an Oscar for a lead role in a Woody Allen film? Diane Keaton snagged a little bald man all the way back in 1977 for Annie Hall. Since then, four women have been honored for their work in Allen films, all in supporting roles. Two of those women were Dianne Wiest. In the 80’s, that woman had some serious mojo in that acting snatch of hers.

However, if early reviews are to be believed, Cate Blanchett might be the one to break the lead actress streak, as the protagonist in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, set to debut in NY/LA on July 26. Chicagoans, it will be at the Landmark on August 2.

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The film has been making the pre-release circuit, screening to critics and preview audiences, and Blue Jasmine was won feverish praise across the board, particularly for Blanchett. One critic reports that after seeing the film, her father messaged her after midnight (potentially waking her up) to rave about how great she is. Blue Jasmine is so wonderful that its worth losing sleep over.

Woody Allen’s newest, his 48th feature, is his best film in 10 or 20 years (depending on who you ask), garnering comparisons to the best work in his formidable catalog. After lighter fare like To Rome With Love and Midnight in Paris, Allen is back to the grittier fare he experimented with in the early 90’s after the Farrow divorce, with films like Husbands and Wives. Instead of trekking across Europe in search of Hemingway, he’s back to channeling John Cassavetes and Elia Kazan. Critics are calling Blue Jasmine his A Streetcar Named Desire. You don’t invoke Brando unless you mean business.

The Woodman gives us a new film every summer, as the July turns the heat up, I’ll be glad to have something to keep cool with. It’s great to have you back, Woody.

Here’s some tweets about the movie to tie you over until Blue Jasmine rolls into your town, including (THREE) raves from Erica Jong. If Erica Jong says it, it must be true. TC mark

image – Midnight in Paris

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